Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Increased security for energy installations

NSC meeting from left: Minister of National Security, Senator Gary Griffith;  Deputy Commissioner Ann Marie Alleyne; Acting Commissioner of Police, Stephen Williams; Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Ken Maharaj; Deputy Director of the National Security Operations Centre (NSOC), Allan Araujo and Assistant Commissioner (Crime) Glen Hackett.
The National Seuciry Council (NSC) met Monday under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and agreed that additional security measures would be put in place at the country's energy installations. The meeting also discussed additional security measures across the country during the Christmas holidays.

The meeting agreed that the Police Service and Defence Force would work together to ensure the safety and security of citizens during the festive season. The Council acknowledged that there has been an increase in homicides in December and stated that every additional resource would be deployed during the Christmas season.

There will be increased mobile patrols along the main roads and highways and the major towns would get additional foot patrols. The Highway Patrol and Rapid Response Unit (RRU) will be monitoring the highways, as statistics show that during the festive season, there has been an increase in road fatalities.

Statistics have shown that the majority of road deaths have been caused by speed, tiredness and alcohol, or a combination of all.

Following last week's oil spills in South Trinidad, a decision was taken at the meeting to increase security around installations in the energy sector, both on land and at sea.

The NSC got an update on the oil spill, and while an investigation is being undertaken by Petrotrin, Government has decided to protect its facilities within the energy sector. Stricter security measures will be in place at all energy installations, and access won't be as easy as before.

In this regard, the Prime Minister incidcated an interest in seeing the areas affected by the oil spills. A tour is being planned to take the Prime Minister and other officials through the affected areas on Tuesday.

Francis Joseph | Press Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister

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